A couple of days ago I came across this terrifying presentation from John Graham-Cumming.

Although the topics covered weren’t entirely new to me, put together in one presentation, had an impact.  I came to wonder if and how would the major web 2.0 sites work, if javascript was out of the picture.

I decided to make a little test to find out: I disabled javascript from my browser  and started logging  in such sites to see how would they behave.

Here is the outcome for the three most important for me.

a. Twitter

Most of the functionality was in place: the timeline, friend and followers. From the various buttons on the tweets and the timeline pages, the reply did work but not the fav button.

The direct message and delete buttons did not work either. Same with the drop down where you select a follower to dm, and finally, the followers and trending topics buttons.
But all these are rather trivial. Because most of the tweet buttons replicate user behavior (putting the @ sign in front of another user name for a reply, or the d letter for a direct message).
Not being able to fav, or, more importantly, to delete is a loss, but not a major one.

b. Facebook
Things are worse in Facebook: while Home, Profile, Friends and Settings are accessible, the inbox and chat are not.
Also, from the bottom bar, the applications menu is inaccessible. Most of the edit links and buttons don’t work either and finally the status updates, link sharing , photos etc cannot be submitted.

c. Youtube
Here things are disastrous: without javascript you cannot see the videos! On top, you cannot access your account settings or you mailbox. There was no point looking for more.

A small gallery with pics of the failure areas of the above web applications follows


3 thoughts on “Web 2.0 without javascript?

  1. I must admit that I like Javascript. I think is a very powerfull language in the web since it helps you perform tasks in a neat and easy way. Are you sure it won’t be functional under WEB 2.0

  2. @Chris Javascript is a great language with great weaknesses. Web 2.0 (a generic term refering to all the social web sites) is depended on Javascript. I am not saying it won’t be functional under web 2.0. Quite the opposite. Web 2.0 does not work without javascript. This is what I am trying to demonstrate in the post. And the question is: how can we rely so heavily on a language that is so vulnerable?

  3. “And the question is: how can we rely so heavily on a language that is so vulnerable?”

    so, i think your post make the javascript being jokescript..xoxo

    @me, js lover

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